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Chargers Conclude Season With Six Straight Wins and Claim Three-Way Share of De Anza Division Title; To Compete in CCS Open Division
After defeating Saratoga (3-7, 2-5) 47-20 on Nov. 15, the Chargers (9-1, 6-1) claimed a three-way tie for the SCVAL De Anza division championship with Milpitas and Los Gatos. The Chargers earned a berth in the CCS Open division and will battle with the best teams in the CCS. The No. 3 seed Chargers host a first-round game against No. 6 seed Bellarmine (7-3) on Nov. 22 at Wilcox at 7 p.m.

The Chargers’ offense steamrolled to 439 yards rushing led by senior Delshawn Mitchell who compiled 229 yards on seven carries and TDs of 95 and 47 yards. Senior Sione Finefeuiaki added 83 yards on six carries and a 49-yard TD. Senior QB Kenny Dipko was 4-for-9 passing for 56 yards, adding 63 yards rushing on eight carries, including a 29-yard TD. Senior Justin Wright and junior Matt Alquetra each added four-yard TD runs. Senior Robert Bowles was 6-for-6 on PATs, also adding a 43-yard field goal.

The Chargers defense showed their strength, allowing Saratoga only 22 yards rushing while amassing four INTs, three sacks, a safety, a blocked PAT and nine defended passes. However, they did allow nearly 300 yards passing. Sophomore Julian Jones recorded two INTS while Mitchell and senior Cody Barraclough each recorded an INT. Senior Benito SerranoWright and senior Jimmy Leatiota each recorded a sack, while Serrano led the team with 11 tackles. Senior Bryan Macadeg and Barraclough each amassed seven tackles.

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Bruins’ Football Struggles Continue With Fifth Straight Loss
The Bruins (2-8, 1-6) concluded their season with a 48-5 loss to Palo Alto (5-5, 4-3) on Nov. 15.

Wilcox Senior Places 10th in CCS Cross Country Finals
Wilcox senior Jesus Covarrubias placed tenth in the CCS Division II finals at the Crystal Springs in Belmont on Nov. 16 with a 15:54 time. Wilcox’s boys’ team placed ninth.

Mission College Women’s Basketball Hosts and Competes in Mission College Tournament
The Lady Saints opened with an 88-83 win over Porterville on Nov. 15 in the Mission College tournament at Mission College. Candace Stephens scored 26 points while Jolana Jordan scored 21. Gabrielle Ludwig recorded rebounds. Mission was then defeated 73-72 by De Anza on Nov. 16 and lost 87-72 East Los Angeles on Nov. 17. Jordan had 21 and 27 points in the losses.

From the Den
The Panthers’ run for a championship came to an end on Nov. 16, losing a tough battle against the Redwood City 49ers 28-12. The Panther offense really never got going, with penalties and missed opportunities keeping the Panthers from reaching the end zone consistently. The defense played tough but couldn’t adjust to the 49ers’ offense. The 10-1 Panthers will head to the Best of the West bowl game in Temecula, Calif. to play the WESCON regional runner-up.

Santa Clara University Men’s Soccer Loses, Wins
The Broncos lost 1-0 to Loyola Marymount University on Nov. 17 before bouncing back to beat University of San Diego 2-0 on Nov. 17. Seniors Kiego Kameya (55th) and Harrison Hanley (79th) scored for Santa Clara. SCU will participate in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 21.

Santa Clara University Women’s Soccer Advances
The No. 9 Broncos beat Cal 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 16. Senior Alyson Birgel (22nd) and junior Sofia Huerta (70th) scored in the win. SCU plays in the second round on Nov. 22.

Santa Clara University Men’s Basketball Loses
The Broncos lost 86-73 to Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 16. SCU shot 37.3 percent, including 33.3 percent from three-point range. The team collected 35 rebounds, 12 assists, two blocks and seven steals, but had 14 turnovers. Individually, the Broncos were led by junior Brandon Clark with 23 points and freshman Jared Brownridge with 21 points, including five threes. Santa Clara will travel to Notre Dame for a game on Nov. 22.

Santa Clara University Women’s Basketball Loses
Santa Clara suffered an overtime 90-80 loss to UC Riverside on Nov. 17. The Broncos shot 38.4 percent from the field and 26.7 percent beyond the arc. The team collected 49 rebounds, 20 assts, and six steals, but had 25 turnovers. Individually, freshman Marie Bertholdt led the offiense with 18 points and redshirt sophomore Vanessa Leo had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Santa Clara hosts San Francisco State University on Nov. 20.

Santa Clara University Women’s Volleyball Loses, Wins
The Broncos lost 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-14) to Saint Mary’s College on Nov. 14 but battled back to beat University of the Pacific 3-2 (25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12) on Nov. 16. Freshman Sabrina Clayton was the top performer in the loss, collecting 11 kills, while junior Taylor Milton stepped up in the win for 24 kills and 11 digs. SCU hosts Loyola Marymount University on Nov. 21.

Santa Clara University Men’s Water Polo Loses
Santa Clara lost 11-4 to Cal on Nov. 14. Redshirt junior David Guibord, senior Tucker Carlson, and redshirt seniors Jimmy Moore and Theo Nasser scored in the loss. The Broncos will play at the WWPA Championships at Davis on Nov. 22.

Santa Clara University Cross Country Finishes Season
The Bronco men finished 21st, and women 24th at the NCAA West Regional meet on Nov. 15. Sophomore Adrian Hinojosa finished first for the men, running a 31:39 and junior Mary Kriegewas the first finisher for the women, placing 80th by running a 21:03.

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